Hall S. Lusk
Hall Stoner Lusk (September 21, 1883 – May 15, 1983) was an American jurist in the state of Oregon. A native of the District of Columbia, he became a judge in Oregon, serving in both the Oregon circuit courts and later on the Oregon Supreme Court, including time as its Chief Justice. A Democrat, he was appointed to the United States Senate for eight months in 1960 after the death of sitting Senator Richard L. Neuberger.
Hall S. Lusk
|30th Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court|
|Preceded by||George Rossman|
|Succeeded by||James T. Brand|
|60th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court|
|Appointed by||Charles H. Martin|
|Preceded by||James U. Campbell|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Tongue|
|United States Senator |
March 16, 1960 – November 8, 1960
|Appointed by||Mark Hatfield|
|Preceded by||Richard L. Neuberger|
|Succeeded by||Maurine Brown Neuberger|
Hall Stoner Lusk
September 21, 1883
|Died||May 15, 1983 99) (aged|
Hall Lusk was born in Washington, D.C., on September 21, 1883, to Charles Rufus and Florence Speake Lusk. His father was the long-time secretary of the Bureau of Catholic Indian Affairs. Mary Ellen Sherman was his Godmother. He attended Georgetown Preparatory School in DC from 1897 to 1900, and then graduated from Georgetown University in 1904. In 1907, Lusk graduated from Georgetown Law School, earning a bachelor of laws degree. He was a law clerk to a chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1906 to 1909, and was admitted to the District of Columbia bar in 1907.
In 1909, Lusk moved to the state of Oregon where he passed the bar in 1910 and entered private legal practice in Portland. From 1918 to 1920, he served as an assistant United States Attorney for Oregon, and in 1922 ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Oregon Legislature. While in private practice he represented the Society of Sisters, and wrote their brief submitted to the United States Supreme Court in Pierce v. Society of Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.
Lusk was circuit judge of Multnomah County from 1930 to 1937. Shortly after becoming a judge, he oversaw the trial of the Lessards’ harpooning of Ethelbert. The Orca had swum up the Columbia River and was the news of the day. The Lessard’s were fined for killing a fish without a hook and line. Judge Lusk, as Time Magazine wrote, "like almost everybody else, [ ] knew, and explained to the jury in directing an acquittal, that a whale, which breathes air and suckles its young, is no fish." On July 22, 1937, Oregon Governor Charles H. Martin appointed him to the Oregon Supreme Court to replace James U. Campbell who had died in office. Lusk was elected to a full six-year term in 1938 and then re-elected to successive terms in 1944, 1950, and 1956. He was the court's Chief Justice from 1949 to 1951.
On March 15, 1960, he resigned from the court in order to be appointed to Congress. The next day Governor Mark Hatfield appointed Lusk as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Richard L. Neuberger and served from March 16, 1960, to November 8, 1960. He was not a candidate for election to a full term and returned to Oregon Supreme Court as a justice pro tempore in 1961, servingil 1968.
Life and family
He entered private practice in Portland, but had to work in a lumber yard to make ends meet. He met Catherine Emmons, daughter of a prominent Portland family, who were not thrilled that their daughter was being courted by Lusk. The Emmons sent Catherine around the world for a year to forget him. On September 30, 1914, he married Catherine Emmons, and they would have five children, all daughters.
After leaving the court he engaged in the revision of Oregon Supreme Court procedures as justice emeritus and resided in Beaverton. Hall Stoner Lusk died on May 15, 1983, in Beaverton, four months shy of his 100th birthday. Interment was at Mt. Calvary Chapel, Portland.
- Corning, Howard M. (1989) Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing. p. 154.
- "Hall Stoner Lusk". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. Retrieved 2008-12-13.
- Pierce v. Society of Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, 268 U.S. 510 (1925).
- "Time Magazine, January 1932".
- Oregon Blue Book: Earliest Authorities in Oregon - Supreme Court Justices of Oregon. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on December 12, 2008.
- Oregon State Archives: Oregon Governor's Records Guides. Oregon Secretary of State. December 12, 2008.
- Schwarz, J.C. Who's Who in Law. 1937.
Richard L. Neuberger
| U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Oregon
March 16, 1960 – November 8, 1960
Served alongside: Wayne Morse
Maurine Brown Neuberger
| Oldest living U.S. Senator
April 14, 1977 – May 15, 1983